So you decided you want to have a baby. Mazel Tov! Now comes the fun part — figuring out the best ways to do it.
Since you've probably spent a large chunk of your life trying not to get…pregnant, you might need a refresher on the whole birds-and-bees thing. But before you jump into a rabbit hole of fertility tips, remember to be wary of what you read. “There’s a lot of crap on the web,” said Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale University School… >> Read More
It’s happened to me twice already. Some random person assumes I’m pregnant just because my tummy isn’t perfectly flat.
The first time, I was at a yoga training. I was unpacking my bags on…arrival day in my dorm room at a well-known yoga center, when a woman I had just met cupped her hand on my stomach and said, “Oh, sweetie, I didn’t know you were pregnant.” I recoiled physically. “I’m not,” I replied, more politely than I wanted to. Perhaps I should have just left it at… >> Read More
At this busy time of year, we focus a lot on calendars. School is starting, weekly schedules are filling up with new activities, and the Jewish holidays are right around the corner. But I’m also…thinking about internal calendars — specifically, about how our childbearing clocks and personal decisions play out in public. Despite having gone through pregnancy chitchat — and unsolicited belly pats — twice before, I wasn’t prepared for some of the reactions when my husband and I shared the news last year that a third child was… >> Read More
Israelis love pregnant women. Its seems that moms-to-be are everywhere — not to mention scores of "helpful" people who want to offer their advice about nausea, diet, where to give birth, and so on…— and Israelis are generous when it comes to giving seats to pregnant women on public transportation. Israeli women can recuperate from childbirth in one of four upscale "baby hotels," and all new mamas enjoy three months of government-mandated maternity leave. And now, being an expectant mother in Israel just got a little bit better:… >> Read More
Three years ago this week, I had my last baby. I realize there’s the “hey, you never know” factor, but she was my sixth. So, stick a fork in me: I’m done.
But what’s amazing to me is…that even now, 14 years after having my first kid, I still get so pissed about how many things fall into the category Stuff People Never Tell You Before You Have a Baby. Obviously, I have no regrets about having any of my children. But, that being said, was I in any way adequately aware… >> Read More